Antivirus

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Petey, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Petey

    Petey Guest

    Does anybody out there know if there's a free antivirus app that works with
    Vista? My Norton subscription ran out and don't think Norton is worth what
    Symantec charges. I know Computer Associates had a very good app for winxp,
    can't seem to find the same for Vista. Any help is greatl appreciated.
    thx
    PC
     
    Petey, Apr 13, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    Avast works well with Vista and they have a free version.

    For "paid-for" antivirus programs, my favorite is NOD32 and it is $39.99 for
    a one-year subscription for home users. No, I don't work for them or make
    any money by suggesting them; I just very much like their products. But
    Avast will do fine if you want free.

    Malke
     
    Malke, Apr 13, 2008
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  4. AVG Anti Virus (http://free.grisoft.com) is the one I prefer. You could also
    use Avast! (www.avast.com) but the interface isn't as user friendly as that
    of AVG.

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  5. Of the three free Vista compatible solutions I have tried, AVG, Avast, and
    AntiVir, AVG appears to be the least intrusive and easiest to work with..

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    Ken Blake Guest


    I'll be stronger than that. I don't think Norton is worth anything. It's the
    worst product on the market.

    I recommend the free Avast!


    I know Computer Associates had a very good app for winxp,
     
    Ken Blake, Apr 14, 2008
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    Flipz Guest

    AVG antivirus is free and works great with vista. Do a google search for
    free AVG.
     
    Flipz, Apr 14, 2008
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  8. I agree, Ken. Norton was great when Windows 95/98 was around but since then
    it has gone in decline. I certainly wouldn't use it or recommend Norton.

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    David P. Guest

    May I toss in a vote for BitDefender Antivirus 2008. It works well on Vista
    and has received high marks on some reviews that I've read. It isn't free
    but is inexpensive: $24.95 for one user for a year or $29.95 for three
    users for a year.
     
    David P., Apr 14, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Ken Norton was great. He is one of the few to beat Muhammad Ali.
    Even broke Ali's jaw.
     
    Bob, Apr 14, 2008
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  11. Back in those days, McAfee had less of a performance impact than Norton did.
    The last four years have seen McAfee catching up and equaling Norton. Now,
    both suites can bring a system to its knees..

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    Mike Hall - MVP, Apr 14, 2008
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  12. Not being a boxing fan I wouldn't know, Bob! Good job I put a full top after
    the Ken:)

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    Bob Guest

    ;-)


     
    Bob, Apr 14, 2008
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    Mike Guest

    "....can bring a system to its knees" has not been my experience at all with
    Norton products in general (over the last five years) and Norton 360 with
    Vista in particular (currently). Perhaps I have just been lucky, but I can
    only judge things as they come...


    Mike
     
    Mike, Apr 14, 2008
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  15. You should try running something else for a while. You would notice a
    difference..

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    Mike Guest

    Actually, Mike, up until about 1 month ago I was running a number of
    different apps that, in total provided the same features as Norton 360
    (antivirus, antispam, antiphishing, firewall etc and as well as free online
    storage). Being from different companies, they did not work well with each
    other, frequently created hangs because of conflicts and really slowed
    things things down. Based on my experience, I would recommend 360 for those
    requiring an integrated package of functions (for Vista at least, on a
    system with 2G of memory).
     
    Mike, Apr 14, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039

    Above is the link for Norton Removal Tool; if using Norton.

    Vista’s Firewall is very good!

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Above is a link to Avast Free 4 Home Anti-Virus
    It is low resource using, free and Vista 32bit and 64bit compatible.
    Only have one (1) anti-virus installed; more than 1 can cause conflicts.

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    For Spyware removal, use the above link to “Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5.2â€
    Download it, install it, update it, immunize your system and scan your
    System with it.

    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/

    For a non-scanning, but running in the background, Program to STOP Spyware
    being downloaded to your Computer, use SpywareBlaster 4, available at the
    above link.

    IMPORTANT ADVICE: After scanning with the above Programs, problems still
    remain.

    Reboot computer, and tap F8 at power on/ startup. From the list of options
    that appears, select Safe mode by using the UP and DOWN Arrows, then hit
    ENTER.

    Rescan the computer in Safe mode.
     
    Mick Murphy, Apr 15, 2008
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    tashfeen Guest

    @ Petey: sorry, I accidentally ended up emailing my response to you.

    Here's my response again: if free it is, avast! it must be.
    Interestingly, Avira AntiVir 8.0 is just out and touted to be a
    complete overhaul. I'm not that convinced, because it still suffers
    from issues from previous versions. If you can afford paid antivirus
    software, go for NOD32 or Kaspersky or BitDefender, in that order.

    Read my reviews (yes, I've used all of them): http://avscan.blogspot.com
    After all, it's your choice!
    ...............................
    tashfeen
     
    tashfeen, Apr 16, 2008
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